DISC 2018 Elevate Your Vision

Drone Innovation
Start-up Contest 2018

After the successful launch of Krypto Labs and corresponding contest in 2018, we are now offering an exciting new opportunity to start-up companies innovating within the drone technology sector.

DISC 2018 will grant the winning early stage start-up an opportunity to obtain up to $500,000 capital investment and enrolment in the incubator, in return for Krypto Labs receiving a stake in the business (refer to terms and conditions for further details).

Online applications can be submitted between January 28 and April 8, 2018. Submissions will be reviewed by the Krypto Labs team who will select a maximum of 20 shortlisted entries by April 12.
From these shortlisted start-ups, a jury of global experts in drone technology will select five finalists who will be invited to pitch to the Final Day Jury at our DISC 2018 Final Event in Abu Dhabi on May 6.

Contest Timeline

January 28, 2018

Applications open

April 8, 2018


April 12, 2018

Top 20 shortlisted teams announced

April 22, 2018

Up to Five finalists announced

May 6, 2018

Up to five finalists will pitch live onstage at our Krypto Labs DISC 2018 Final Event.
A panel of industry experts will decide who will be offered up to $500,000 investment and enrolment in the Krypto Labs incubator

Award and Benefits

The final winner
will receive:

Up to $500,000 investment towards funding of early stage start-up, terms of which will be determined by Krypto Labs, and in accordance with reference to a number of factors.

All five finalists
will receive:

An opportunity to receive Krypto Labs
incubator services.
Increased visibility
for their start-up.
A round-trip for up to two team members
from home country to Abu Dhabi.


Krypto Labs DISC 2018 is open to both individual innovators and team-based projects or start-up companies with no more than 10 employees, and from anywhere in the world (subject to certain restrictions – see our terms for further details).
The project must be centred around drone technology and must leverage the drone technology to solve a problem society faces today.
To enter, team-based start-ups or projects must select one person to submit the application and to serve as the team’s representative throughout the competition.


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Terms & Conditions

The idea or early stage start-up represented by
the applicant must meet the following conditions:

  • 1
    It must be categorized as being relevant to drone technology
  • 2
    Technology should have a commercial application.
  • 3
    It must be for-profit.
  • 4
    It must be inventive, innovative or disruptive.
  • 5
    It must be ready for incubation.
  • 6
    The business proposal must be original work and applicants must hold all applicable rights in it.
  • 7
    It must be submitted in English.
  • 8
    A team of up to two people, or the individual representing the idea or start-up, must be available to pitch the project in person on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Krypto Labs in Abu Dhabi.

Application form.
Please use the desktop version to fill the form

The contest is subject to our terms and conditions. Submission of the application shall constitute your agreement with such terms and conditions.

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